Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Shearing, Round Two

Today was another round of shearing.  We had the sheep separated last night and rolled the barn doors closed which was good, since it blew rain a good part of the night.  Once we set up some alleyways, we separated out the ewes to be done today.  While we were working, Holly supervised.

Mom, this is boring.  Can't we do something fun?

Ivan also wondered why we were back in the barn so soon after morning feeding.

You are not scheduled to be here right now.  Explain yourself.

At fifteen, Ivan is senior barn cat and considers it his duty to weigh in on all comings and goings.  We are pretty predictable, so activity that interrupted his post-breakfast, pre-lunch nap needed explanation.  A few bribery kibbles helped smooth his disapproval.

Brian was delayed in getting here and had to leave at a certain time so we were only able to get another 32 done.  It must have been enough - we were tired at the end.

Ginny getting undressed

Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, a butt-load full.  (Sheep can be so rude).

Then for a change of pace, high luster gray Cotswold!

Hattie being shorn.  Super shiny Cotswold.

He'll be back next week to do the unbred geriatric ewes and almost-yearlings who aren't bred, and then back a fourth time to do the rams and wethers and also a neighbor's small flock of Cheviots.  In the meantime, I have 2 web orders to fill and all my lamb supplies to assemble.  This is just the warm-up for "busy"!

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